I've been sitting around knitting a bunch of mitered squares for my attempt at a cozy memories blanket, and binge watching 'Call the Midwife'. In the last episode I watched, the nurses were knitting squares too! How exciting! It showed them knitting the squares with knitting needles, and sewing them all together so that at the end of the episode they were able to present their hospitalized friend with a lovely gift of a...........CROCHETED GRANNY SQUARE BLANKET.
19 July, 2017
15 July, 2017
I recently found a new-to-me sock yarn company that is totally awesome. It's Lucky Violet color company and wow, the next time I need a skein, I'm gonna order it from there. I love every single colorway.
In other knitting news, I have started to expand my project bag collection. Currently I only have one, and I love it, and carry it around with me everywhere. I got it from Robin's Roost on Etsy, and it is so well made and pretty. I ordered another bag from someone else, I don't remember who, and it was supposed to be a sock project bag, but when I got it, it was really really small. I was going to use it to hold lipsticks or something, but as of right now, it's sitting unused under the bathroom sink. I then tried getting another from Robin, and it was the same price as my other one, and labeled the same, 'medium project bag', but when I got it, it was 4 inches taller than my first one. Apparently, I am picky about the exact size and shape of my bags. Now I know. I prefer ones that are about 12 inches wide, 8 inches tall, don't balloon out at the top, and have a completely sewn in zipper. Also, it needs to be a bit darker so that it doesn't look dirty right away, and if it's a floral, all the better. I shopped around Etsy for another, and this time, before I bought it, I checked the measurements. It's a purple floral, yay! And I also have a drawstring sock project bag coming to me, in 2 shades of red floral.
The next things I need are more drop spindles(I currently have one that I suck at using, lol), blocking boards/pins(I have zero blocking equipment right now), and a weaving loom! :)
14 July, 2017
14 May, 2017
I can see myself getting really into quilting someday. I like this kit from Craftsy, the Ice Cream Quilt Kit. But for now, I think I should finish up all my other crafty WIPS...I think I have around 40 of them at this point... p.s. Drop spindle spinning is harder than I thought it would be!
p.s.s. Hand dyeing yarn is so much fun and not as messy as I thought it would be!
29 April, 2017
20 April, 2017
15 April, 2017
One of my favorite places to buy sock yarn is Eat Sleep Knit. I go to the website now and then to see what's available. Today when I looked, I saw that they've recently expanded the yarns they carry, and they now have Hedgehog Fibres! Yay! I've never actually knit with that yarn, but I've been wanting to, and so I treated myself to 2 skeins. Here's a link if you wanna check it out-
11 January, 2017
An update on my sockxperimentations!
I tried the Fish Lips Kiss heel finally and it's great. I wrote myself a vanilla recipe using it, and will most likely spend the next ten years making about 1000 pairs of them, lol. I really like the way the heel looks when another color is used on the second half...it makes a very neat line. There really aren't any holes, and the join to the main body of the sock is probably as seamless as they come. I had tried the German short row heel first, and I loved the way the extra stitches were made, and my sample looked very nice. However, when I made an actual sock using it, the holes turned out larger than in my sample, and the join to the main sock was NOT seamless...it was kinda messy. I could probably experiment more with it and come up with a way to make it work better, but since I now know the FLK heel, I don't think I'll bother.
I tried out the Arne & Carlos 'Perfect Heel'. It's very easy to knit, and my sample turned out 50% great. On the purl side where I close the gaps, everything came out wonderful. However, the knit side had giant holes and is bumming me out. Once I figure out a better way to close the holes on the knit side, it will probably be a winner for me.
Next on my heel knitting agenda is to try an afterthought heel using a modified star decrease, and to write myself a recipe for heel flap vanillas.